Brandon and Byshottles, Durham

Historical Description

Brandon and Byshottles, a township in the ancient or civil parish of Brancepeth, Durham, comprising the colliery villages of Brandon, Littlebum, Browney, Sleetburn, and Waterhouses; there are several smaller hamlets and Old Brandon. There are stations of the N.E.R. at Brandon and Waterhouses, and post and money order offices at Brandon, Langley Moor, Sleetbnm, and Waterhouses, with telegraph office at Langley Moor. Acreage, 6683 ; population of township, 14,239, which is divided into three wards under the authority of a local board, which has assumed the duty of school attendance in preference to a school board. The east and centre wards together form the ecclesiastical parish of Brandon, with three fine churches, and a population of 11,349; value of the living, £350 with residence. The west ward forms the parish of Waterhouses, with a population of 2890; value, £200 with residence. There are several dissenting chapels, and a Roman Catholic school chapel. There are also three literary institutes, two mission halls, and several reading-rooms. Viscount Boyne of Brancepeth is lord of the manor. Brandon Hill has an altitude of 880 feet, and commands a view not only of the whole country, but also of portions of Yorkshire, Westmoreland, and Northumberland.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County County Durham
Civil parish Brancepeth
Poor Law union Durham
Ward Darlington

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